Interior finishes of a house with interior painting and finishes done very well

Painting is an essential part of interior/exterior finishes.  Your choice of painting enriches 

your home with satisfying aesthetic appearance. At the same time, it protects the building. Being 

an indispensable part of the construction sector, it is important to determine the most suitable 

paint to use before doing a purchase. There is a difference in formulation between interior and 

exterior paints. While interior paints need to be durable and scrubbable for easy cleaning, 

exterior paints need to be whether resistant and UV rays protected to maintain a long-term 

coverage.  

The most common interior and exterior paint finishes include matte, satin, semi-gloss and 

high gloss, eggshell and enamel.  

See below Youtube Video of a home at Kenyatta Road Along Thika Road in Kenya with amazing interior painting finishes.

Interior paint finishes of a home at Kenyatta Road done by Furnitech Kenya Limited

Oil based paint 

Oil-based paint is simply paint containing natural or synthetic oil as one of its key 

components. It dries exceedingly hard, making it very strong and resistant to nicks and dings. It 

will also stand up to stains. Oil based paint is:

∙1. Suitable for most interior walls and ceilings. 

∙2. Quick drying, little odor, and simple cleanup with water. 

∙3. Available in a variety of finishes, including flat, eggshell, satin, 

and semi-gloss. 

Furnitech’s painter painting the interior finishes of a wall at Kenyatta Road in Kenya

          

Water based paint  

Water-based paints are sometimes known as latex paints. They are composed of a 

pigment and a binder, with water serving as a carrier. Water-based paint is one of the most 

common and well-known paint kinds for residential use.

This is because emulsion water-based  paint is environmentally benign, odorless, and available in a large variety of colors.   

Interior paints for interior finishes 

Acrylic Paint 

Acrylic paint is a quick-drying paint composed of pigment suspended in an acrylic 

polymer emulsion with plasticizers, silicone oils, defoamers, stabilizers, or metal soaps.[2] Most 

acrylic paints are water-based, however they become water-resistant when dried. 

Enamel 

Enamel paint is paint that air-dries to a hard, usually glossy, finish and is mainly used for 

woodwork; cabinets, doors and windows.  

Chalk paint  

Chalk paint is commonly used to restore furniture, cabinets, and tables. The matte finish 

is a popular trend right now, and it can be sanded or distressed. 

Primer paint 

Primer paint is a substance applied to surfaces before painting to give the paint something 

to lock onto. 

Texture Paint 

Textured treatments for walls and ceilings are created to offer depth and visual appeal. 

Furnitech Painter Stanley doing what he does best

Exterior paint for exterior finishes  

Exterior emulsion paint 

Exterior emulsion paint is specially developed to endure outdoor conditions. Moreover, it 

is resistant to UV radiation, dampness, and temperature fluctuations. It is a better choice for 

external surfaces because it offers long-lasting protection for exterior walls 

Masonry Paint 

Masonry paint is compatible with concrete, brick, and other masonry surfaces. It provides 

exceptional durability and weather resistance qualities that gives results to a long-term coverage. 

Exterior Acrylic Paint 

Exterior acrylic paint is a water-based acrylic resin.  It exudes an excellent stickiness and 

flexibility that makes it perfectly suitable for outside woodwork and metal surfaces. 

Metal paints  

Metal paints are specifically developed to protect metal surfaces from rust and corrosion.  

Deck and patio paints 

Deck and patio paints are designed for horizontal surfaces including decks, patios, and concrete walkways. They provide greater durability and weather resistance. 

Exterior oil-based paint 

Exterior oil-based paint is highly recommended for exterior painting because it provides a long-

lasting polish for outdoor woodwork and metal. Moreover, it provides good adhesion and 

weather resistance, but requires more drying time and emits a harsher odor than water-based 

paints. 

The difference between interior and exterior paint finishes

Tools to be used when preparing to paint exterior and interior parts of a wall

Exterior paints differ from interior paints in ingredients and characteristics. Think of the exposures paints designed for outside must endure: highly variable humidity and temperature swings, mildew and insect attack, assault by weather elements. Good quality exterior paint protects from these with ingredients that allow it to stretch/shrink with temperature changes, resist moisture incursion, slough off mildew formation, and bounce back from hail, hard rain, and high winds. Last, but not least, allow the paint to hold up through all this for 10–20 years.

The ingredients that allow all this are usually very high in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These VOCs should not be allowed to “gas off” in interior, closed spaces. They are not good for health.

Plus, believe it or not, good quality interior paint is actually very resistant to abrasion in the higher sheens. Think of how often you might scrape against a baseboard or door, or have to wash dirt off the walls. How often might you do that outside?+

Exterior paint is designed to stretch and shrink with temperature changes often over its lifetime, therefore it is relatively soft compared to, say, a semi-gloss interior paint.

Interior Painting covers the inside spaces viz walls and ceiling, doors and windows in rooms of the house. We are all the time surrounded by these elements while staying indoors. Distinctive features of paints used for interiors are sheen (level of glossiness of the painted surface), washability (required for easy maintenance), attractive shades (interior paints come in wide range of colours), relatively less odour and lower VOC content. Aesthetic value weigh a lot in case of interior painting.

On the other hand, exterior surfaces of the house that are exposed and seen from outside, compound walls, parapets etc require a coat of paint that offers protection from extreme weather conditions – sun and the rain, dirt resistanceprotection from colour fading. Functionality is of prime importance while deciding on exterior painting.

It can thus be seen that formulation of interior and exterior paints differ – in additives, pigments etc used.All the major paint makers have products under both categories. It is always advisable to use the specific products on interior and exterior surfaces.

Furnitech Kenya Limited takes a keen interest in advising clients to ensure they take their time in choosing the appropriate paint since the choice of paint for internal and external surfaces guarantees durability, protection, and aesthetic look.  

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